Barranco: Winter and Summer…

Barranco is the bohemian district in Lima par excellence. One can go all over the place and visit art galleries, meet friends at cafés (being Bisetti my favorite) and obviously have some drinks at a bunch of bars (Sargento Pimienta, Ayahuasca, Tizón, La Noche, Mochileros, Help, Santos, Piselli, and so on and so forth): Barranco is literally the synonym of night life in Lima.

Barranco is also amazing because of its panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and part of the city. The two photographs of Lima that I showed on my last post, for instance, were taken there. Today, I wanted to share two other pictures of Lima, its coast and its sky, taken from Barranco. The first one is quite dramatic: look how the roughen sea and the grey sky mingle, making the barrier dividing them in the horizon almost disappear.

barranco 2(Barranco. July 2013)

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Clouds, Skies, Photographs…

In a previous post, I mentioned that it was quite rainy here in Durham last week… Yeah, I know, weather is one of the typical boring topics some people start/restart conversations with in awkward moments. But regarding photography, weather can be a perfect excuse to take magnificent pictures of either weird clouds (cumulonimbus, altostratus, stratocumulus, you name them) or clean skies. For instance, what do you think of these dark stratus clouds entirely covering Lima’s sky (July 2012)?

cielo lima 1

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The “Grey-Day Light”…

These have been rainy days in North Carolina, especially due to the “visit” of tropical storm Andrea during the weekend. I had to dust my umbrella off and literally walked on the water on Friday and today. If one sees the positive side in terms of photography, the nice thing about torrential rain is the smooth light that accompanies it. This particular type of light (what we could call a “grey-day light”) allows you to creatively play with overexposure (when the major bright areas of an image are brighter than the original allowing the spectator to “see more”) and underexposure (when shadows tend to the black, covering up areas that were originally visible in certain degree in the original) to create desired effects by the photographer. Precisely because it’s all about the effect the photographer wants to produce, the “appropriate” exposure is up to her (although a great number of photographers generally prefer underexposure over overexposure).

This “grey-day light” gave me the opportunity to photograph Duke’s chapel today. So I will share two pics of it: one taken before getting on the bus bringing me back home and the other one taken on the bus.

lluvia 5 - copia(Before getting on the bus)

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Original vs. Edited…

I’ll start a section today: “Original vs. Edited”. By “edited” I mean that I myself have modified tones, highlight, contrast and have cropped the original picture. It is my own work rather than letting an app like Instagram do all the editing (or most of it). I like Instagram photos; they’re fun! But sometimes I … Continue reading Original vs. Edited…